I'm off kitty sitting again for Daughter this week so August is over for me. I didn't get too much time to spend in the card room this month.
In one flurry of activity I managed to do some stencil embossing.
I die cut some stars, lots of stars.
I did notice an improvement with my heat embossing. This isn't half bad. Mine is usually a smeary mess.
The only new toy I added to my card stash this month is this stamp shammy from Lawn Fawn. Baby wipes were leaving fiber on the stamps so I picked up one of these from Amazon after reading the reviews. I love it. It looks a mess but it works like a charm. Sort of like me.
Here's that pumpkin soap that was in the mold last week. Meet Pumpkin Picking. If you like pumpkin pie you will love this. It smells just like it.
Next is my favorite standby Oatmeal, Milk and Honey. I can't not have a bar of this in the shower. It's the comfort food of the soap world. I love it.
Speaking of the shower, here is a bar that I'm using at the moment. It's one I made last summer. I wanted to see how they aged so I stuck some way in the back of a hall closet and forgot about them for a year. I suppose it depends on the additives and the way it's stored but this old soap is nice. Very nice.
That old bar was concocted out of some essential oils and every color of clay I had at the time plus a splash of activated charcoal. I have lots of different colors of clay now so I made a fancier version. I didn't use a commercial fragrance so I get to name it. Meet Painted Desert. It smells like lavender, litsea and cedar. It's tangy and earthy at the same time.
Finally, and I mean FINALLY, meet Honeycrisp Apple. I mixed some apple fragrance with some honey fragrance and it is delicious. I seriously want to eat this one. I now have 98 bars of soap curing. Yes, I said 98. Being stuck inside during the heat wave has turned me into a crazy soap making lady. Even worse, Daughter sent me a $50 Brambleberry gift certificate for helping out at skate camp. I've got 8 Christmas fragrances on the way. Eight. This is really getting out of hand.
My bath bomb experiment a few weeks ago was a big success so I decided to make more. I didn't particularly care for them in the bath but they are a miracle foot fizzie. After a week at skate camp my feet were a disaster. I'm not sure why or how but one soak gave me feet like I haven't had in years. I'm sold.
I made lots of different ones this time around and all seemed to go well until.....
...they started to dry.
Uh, oh...the one on the right is an original fizzie. The one on the left is a new one. While drying the new ones swelled up and got pitted,
See the difference in texture? I think it was still too humid. I had the AC off and the windows open for a bit so the new ones started to fizz a little while they cured. Darn.
They still fizzed in the tub and worked their magic but they are ugly, all rough and bumpy and a bit misshapen-sort of like my poor feet. I like to drop them in a big bowl and stand in it while I am showering. It is the ultimate in decadence. I am in love with these goofy little things. Who knew that plain ole baking soda, epsom salts, citric acid and just enough fragrance oil and melted butters to hold it all together could be so, well....lush?
This morning I made even more and stuck them in the oven with just the light on to dry. Someone on some forum suggested it so we'll see how that works. I just hope I remember they are in there or I could be in for an awful big mess.
I've also learned you've got to wrap them up in humid weather. I know, the famous maker's shop just has them sitting out in bins. I'm not sure how they manage that but from now on, my bombs are covered.
My last warp is still sitting on the loom. Finding the time to sit and fiddle with it hasn't been easy.
The same goes for the new warp. It's going on but at a snail's pace.
It's been nice working from these big cones for a change. They stay put instead of rolling about.
I always have to get creative with ways to keep the little guys tame when I am working with so many colors. I think I know what I want for Christmas this year from the kids. Cones, cones and more cones.